GIDROPLAN OOO (Hydroplane Ltd)
Gidroplan Ltd was formed in 1995 and has marketed amphibian lightplanes designed by the Chernov bureau.
This venture was placed on a firmer footing in late 2000 when Gidroplan invested the equivalent of US$500,000 in acquiring 3,500 m2 (37,675 sq ft) of working area from the Samara Instrument Bearing Plant and installing production equipment. Manufacturing activities include the Tsikada (Cicada) twin-engined ultralight agricultural aircraft, some six which were manufactured before production ceased, and the Che-22 Corvette amphibian.
In recent years, designers associated with Gidroplan have produced flying prototypes of three lightplanes not promoted outside Russia. These are the A-17 single-seat ultralight (260 kg; 572 lb MTOW, 22.4 kW; 30 hp engine, believed from SGAU); Chernov Che-40 flying-boat (two Rotax 582 engines, briefly described in the 1999-2000 edition and now confirmed to have been built); and Ul'tralayt twin-tailboom ultralight (600 kg; 1,322 lb MTOW, Rotax 912 S) built in 1998 by E Yungerovym and S Seleznevym.